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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 15, 2019 01:50 PM
From: Representative Dan Frankel
To: All House members
Subject: Honoring and remembering the life of Dr. Morton Coleman (9/1/1932 - 1/28/2019)
Dr. Morton “Moe” Coleman, who died January 28, 2019, had an enormous impact on the development of Pittsburgh’s housing and social policies. His mission in life was to ensure that the underserved populations of our city would not become casualties of political gridlock.

Mr. Coleman lived for 86 years, and he will be remembered for the bridges he built between politicians, activists, social workers and leaders of industry to improve the lives of people who otherwise wouldn’t have had a voice.

Among the long list of Dr. Coleman’s accomplishments is the creation of the nation’s first nonprofit low-and-moderate income housing program. He also developed the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Politics in 1989 as a way to help people across the political spectrum find common ground for the public’s benefit.
When Dr. Coleman reflected back on the lessons he learned in his early years as a social worker, he said in his 2015 memoir “Finding Common Ground” that “neighborhood organizing is all about giving a voice to people who otherwise might not have a seat at the table.”

Please join me in honoring the extraordinary life of Morton “Moe” Coleman and expressing our condolences for his death.

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